ManufacturerImperial Tobacco Group

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Imperial Tobacco Group

Manufacturer of Regal, Superkings, L&B, Lambert & Butler, JPS, Embassy, Cameo, Matinee, Medallion, Du Maurier, Golden Virginia, Drum, and Van Nelle.

We are the world’s fourth largest international tobacco company. We manufacture, market, and sell a comprehensive range of cigarettes, tobaccos, rolling papers, filter tubes and cigars in over 130 countries worldwide.


In October 1996, after ten years with Hanson PLC, Imperial regained its corporate independence and the Imperial Tobacco Group PLC was listed on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 100 company.

Between 1987 and 1995 productivity had almost trebled, the brand portfolio had been refocused and market share had increased. The management actively sought to strengthen Imperial's position in profitable overseas markets.

Since 1996 Imperial has invested heavily in new technology with more than Ј170 million spent in the Horizon Nottingham factory (UK) alone.

Imperial's efficient production base has further enhanced its international success.

In early 1997 Imperial acquired Rizla, the world's number one manufacturer of rolling papers.

In 1998, Imperial bought the Netherlands-based tobacco business of Douwe Egberts Van Nelle and its famous Drum, Van Nelle, Amphora and Winner brands of roll-your-own and pipe tobacco.

Acquiring businesses of such calibre further strengthened Imperial's presence in Europe and enhanced its distribution capabilities across the product range.

To build on its worldwide position, Imperial Tobacco continued its expansion through acquisition. In September 1999 a portfolio of quality cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and rolling paper brands was acquired in Australia and New Zealand, together with a factory at Petone, New Zealand, creating a major market presence on the Pacific Rim.

The Baelen Group, a Belgian manufacturer of roll-your-own tobacco, was acquired in September 2000 and a month later the EFKA Group, a German-based manufacturer of rolling papers and tubes, became part of Imperial Tobacco.

In December 2000 Imperial's vending subsidiary, Sinclair Collis, acquired Mayfair Vending.

Early in 2001 Imperial announced the purchase of a 75 per cent interest in Tobaccor for Ј179 million. This share has since increased to 87.5% with terms agreed to purchase the remaining 12.5% by December 2005. Tobaccor is the second largest cigarette manufacturer/distributor in Sub-Saharan Africa, with expanding interests in Vietnam.

This acquisition transformed Imperial's presence on the African continent and provided a springboard for further growth in Asia.

In August 2001, Imperial announced that it had entered into an agreement with Philip Morris International for the distribution and sale of Marlboro, Raffles and Chesterfield cigarettes in the UK.

Marlboro is the world's best-selling premium American blend cigarette and complements the existing Imperial portfolio of Virginia blend cigarettes sold in the UK.

In May 2002 Imperial acquired a 90.01% interest in Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH, the German-based international tobacco company. This acquisition marked a strategic evolution of Imperial's business and reinforced its commitment to become a global tobacco company.

Reemtsma's strong market positions in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia provided a natural complement to Imperial's major market strengths in the UK, Western Europe, Australasia and Africa.

Imperial acquired the remaining shares of Reemtsma in 2004, in accordance with an option agreement entered into at the time of acquisition.

In May 2004 Imperial acquired the business and assets of the filter tubes manufacturer CTC Tube Company of Canada, strengthening the Group's position in the growing papers and tubes markets and further enhancing its broad multi-product portflio.

Imperial Tobacco is now firmly established as the world's fourth largest international tobacco company, with our products sold in over 130 countries worldwide. It has around 14,500 employees and operates 32 manufacturing sites across the globe.

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC
PO Box 244
Upton Road
Bristol BS99 7UJ
Tel: +44 (0)117 963 6636
Fax: +44 (0)117 966 7405

Member Houses of the Imperial Tobacco Group U.K., and their former brands

Adkin and Sons

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

W. A. & A. C. Churchman

  • Churchmans
  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

William Clarke and Son

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

W. T. Davies and Sons

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

Edwards, Ringer & Bigg

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

W. & F. Faulkner

  • makers of cigars, cigarettes, and pipe tobaccos.

Franklyn, Davie & Co.

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

Lambert and Butler

  • makers of cigars, cigarettes, and pipe tobaccos.

Stephen Mitchell & Son

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.


  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

John Player and Sons

W. D. & H. O. Wills

W. Williams & Co.

  • makers of cigarettes and pipe tobaccos.

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